Learning Outcomes
Understanding of phenomena relative with light, electrons and atoms. Observation and study of simple quantum phenomena. Ability to use relatively complex experimental apparatuses. Use of techniques for the description of atomic phenomena. Be familiar with the handling of the “accuracy” of a measurement and “experimental errors”.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Estimation of the experimental error of a single measurement. Error propagation. Least square fitting. Non-elastic electron scattering (Frank – Hertz experiment). Photoelectric effect (experimental estimation of the Planck’s constant). Wave nature of the electrons (electron diffraction). Experimental estimation of the e/m ratio of electrons. Thermionic emission (Richardson formula). A study of the energy quantum levels of Na atoms via the observation of atomic spectra as well as observation of their fine structure.
Keywords
Light, photon, electron, scattering, wave nature, e/m ratio, thermionic emission, photoelectric effect, Planck’s constant, electron diffraction, Richardson law, atomic energy levels, atomic spectra, fine structure, experimental error, error propagation